Argh, this was good. It was filled with lots of angst, which I love.
The story takes place in New York the year after WWI ends, but the affects of war are still haunting those who fought in it. Michael was once a flourishing medical student, but the war did a number on him, and when he came back home, he didn't care what happened to him.
He finds himself working as a gardener on an estate, and discovers the reclusive young man who inhabits it was also put through the ringer, both physically and mentally. Like Michael, due to the war, John no longer cares for himself, and it shows.
Bonds of Earth was a story about healing. At times it was dark and gritty, but the story was real. It dealt with some heavy stuff, but there were lighter times as the story progressed. Michael and John end up helping each other, but it's no smooth sailing.
There was also a great set of side characters running about. One was a little girl named Sarah who had her own demons to conquer. She stole just about every scene she was in.
M/M historical romance.